Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

The message

"... be patterns, be examples in all countries... that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone."

George Fox

The message preached by George Fox was that how you live your life is more important that ritual and dogma. Quakers relied on guidance of the indwelling spirit within each person rather than on particular interpretations of priests.

Fox felt that people could know God directly anywhere, any time. They didn't need priests to explain the Bible or beautiful churches to worship in. He came to believe that everyone had an Inner Light through which they could experience guidance from God. This belief in the Inner Light led Fox to refuse to join the army as he felt it would be wrong to kill another person, even an enemy soldier. He believed that everyone should be treated with equal respect. This meant that he would not bow down or take off his hat to important people like judges and religious leaders.

Quaker Woman